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Swan Pond
Swan Pond
After stretching your legs around the cliffs, you will be ready for a more restful section of the walk, and now is the perfect opportunity to relax and take in some more of the wildlife inhabiting the woodland of Culzean as you reach the aptly-named Swan Pond.

Formed from the damming of a stream in the estate by Robert Adam during his time developing Culzean, the Swan Pond has become one of the top attractions here, with a picnic area and a children's adventure playground.

However, the main attraction of the pond is the wildlife contained therein, from amphibians to wildfowl and aquatic mammals. There is a hide at the northern end of the pond, where it is possible to observe the fauna of the pond without disturbing them.

Swan Pond aviary
Swan Pond

There are several species of ducks on the pond, alongside the graceful swans, which have bred successfully here. A large range of frogs and toads can be seen here as well, and the bat house is home to several rare species of bat, including both varieties of pipistrel. However, the highlight of the Swan Pond is the resident population of otters which live here, it's well worth taking to the hide and keeping a quiet watch for one of these reclusive creatures.

It takes hard work to keep the pond environment stable to support this range of wildlife, and much hard work is taken up by the ranger staff to keep the pond in it's present state. One of the hardest challenges is keeping the water clear from water lilies, which are liable to take over if not kept in check.

The lilies can affect water quality by blocking out the sunlight, causing problems for water -based creatures and thus altering the ecology of the pond. The ingenious solution to this is to employ a machine like an aquatic lawnmower, which disturbs the roots of the lilies, keeping them in check.


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